Joined by friends, Signal celebrated its creation at Shrewsbury Town Football Club one damp evening at the beginning of October. Events inside, however, were far from damp!
Watched over by gorgeous hearing dogs Nevis and Tara, over one hundred friends took to their feet to sign along with Dee Sign Choir, who perform in British Sign Language to popular tunes.
Mayor of Shrewsbury Jon Tandy also engaged the audience with his frank and inspiring story of growing up and living with hearing loss, while forging paths in business and politics.
Signal’s Shropshire outreach worker Jo Rose then took to the stage to describe how she uses her own experiences of hearing loss to support people in similar situations.
Shropshire ear surgeon Derek Skinner followed up, explaining how Signal contributes to the wellbeing of deaf and hard of hearing communities both in the UK and in sub-Saharan Africa.
The celebration closed with Signal’s Chairman Rod Clark thanking all the supporters of Signal’s predecessor organisations, the Woodford Foundation and the Shropshire Deafness Association.
Signal has enjoyed a happy and hectic first month since its creation, taking forward the work of Woodford and the Shropshire Deafness Association, and more news on the projects will follow!